Panel Event: The Role of Higher Education in Improving Urban Schools

September 20, 2009

On Thursday, September 10, the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan keynoted a University of Chicago dialogue on federal government and university initiatives to improve student performance in urban schools.

Watch Part One:

  • Introduction by University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer
  • Keynote by the Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
  • Comments by John Easton, Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
  • Q & A with Arne Duncan

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Watch Part Two:

Panel: “The Role of Higher Education in Improving Urban Schools”
Moderator: Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for the NewsHour on PBS


  • Tim Knowles
    Lewis-Sebring Director, University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
  • Charles Payne
    Frank P. Hixon Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Linda Darling-Hammond
    Charles Ducommun Stanford University Professor of Education, Co-Director of School Redesign Network

Media Availability: To schedule an interview with UEI Director Tim Knowles, please contact Katelyn Edge at 773-834-8684 or at